Heisman Hand-off

Given the starts to UT and Vince Young's respective seasons, well, let's pretend it's still 2005 and the Longhorns are rolling toward the title. Because this year, not so much.

I know, you're sick of Michelle Wie talking about wanting to play in a Ryder Cup and then going out and firing another 77. You've also had it up to here with robotic Rangers manager Buck Showalter and are nauseated that the manager, his stupid jacket and his 313-320 record will apparently be back again next season for another summer of mediocrity. What happened to the good ol' days of, like, nine months ago?

Wouldn't it be great to go back through the buffet line for one more taste of Texas' national championship? Actually, with news of Reggie Bush accepting improper benefits, the Longhorns' perfect season might about to become even, um, perfecter? Say it with me: Vince Young, 2005 Heisman Trophy winner.

If, as alleged by Yahoo! Sports, Bush and his family received cash payments and benefits topping $100,000 during his career at Southern Cal, the running back could retroactively be declared ineligible and--presto--have his and his team's records erased. That means Young, who led Texas to a 13-0 season and a pulsating victory over the Trojans in the Rose Bowl and finished second to Bush in the Heisman voting, would be "awarded" the Heisman after all. Doubt if they'd invite him to New York and do the whole formal ceremony thing again, but, considering Texas' embarrassing loss last week to Ohio State, re-writing an already magical season seems a delicious diversion. There is, however, a dark side to the story: If Bush loses his Heisman, USC would also lose its 2004 national championship. The runner-up that year? Oklahoma. --Richie Whitt

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